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 1865. On the 6th of May the town voted to raise twenty thousand dollars to reimburse citizens for money which they had paid to aid the town in filling its quota. Westfield furnished six hundred and thirty-one men for the war, which was a surplus of fifty-three over and above all demands. Twenty-eight were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was seventy-six thousand four hundred and eighty-three dollars ($76,483.00). The amount of money raised and expended by the town during the war for State aid to the soldiers' families, and which was afterwards repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $1,636.72; in 1862, $5,935.32; in 1863, $9,806.74; in 1864, $60,000.00; in 1865, $7,400.00. Total amount, $34,278.88.
Nathan Loomis, Alvin Sibley, F. F. French; in 1863, Aaron Bagg, Charles C. Smith, Lucius Dwinnell; in 1864 and 1865, Albert D. Bagg, Carlos W. Hoisington, Aaron L. Hayes. The town-clerk and town-treasurer during the years 1861 and 1862 was Charles White; in 1863, Edward Parsons; in 1864 and 1865, J. M. Harmon. 1861. A legal town-meeting was held April 30th, at which it was voted to borrow a sum not exceeding ten thousand dollars, in aid of volunteers belonging to the town. William Melcher, J. O. Moseley, Reuben Champion, Aaron Bagg, Julius Day, Edward Parsons, and Henry Dickinson were chosen a Finance Committee, who were authorized to aid the families of the soldiers, and to furnish each soldier with a revolver. June 4th, The vote to furnish revolvers was reconsidered. July 19th, The finance committee were instructed to pay each volunteer from that town a bounty of one hundred dollars, and it was voted that such volunteer ‘be exempt from taxation for war purposes.’
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